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Up and Running: Quick Tips for Starting a Successful Blog From Day 1

Zac Johnson
Zac Johnson

With over a billion active sites on the Internet, it's obvious that starting a website or blog is easy. However, what isn't easy is being able to create something that provides value and stands out from the crowd.

All too often we find that people jump right into the world of websites and then quickly lose interest because they aren't seeing the results that had hoped for.

This doesn't just apply to entrepreneurs and businesses, but also everyday people starting a site for the first time as well.

In this "5 Steps to Build a Success Website" infographics from, we are going to break down the five steps every site owner needs to take before launching their site.

By following these steps and having the proper foundation for your site in place, you will not only see better initial results but also will quickly establish your site among the competition.

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Plan Your Site's Focus

The very first thing you will want to think about is why you are going to start a new site in the first place. Is it for fun, a side hobby or maybe to start a business or try to make money online.

When deciding on your topic, it's best to stay as focused and niche as possible, as this will allow your content to provide the most value and not have your site visitors looking all over the place at a wide range of content on your site.

Building Your Site

In the past, if you wanted to create a site you would need to know how to code and upload files to the Internet. Now it's very easy and there are many different options to choose from.

Explore your different site building options with services like WordPress, Blogger, Wix, GoDaddy and other site builder services.

Choose Hosting

If you want to have complete control over your site, it's best to get setup with your own web hosting. In most cases, this will cost less than $5 a month to setup with a shared hosting plan.

Many hosting providers now offer one-click WordPress installation, which is one of the easiest and most used site builders in the world today. Be sure to read all hosting reviews and check for coupons online before signing up for a service.

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Choose Domain Name

The domain name will be the address someone types in to find your website. If you don't have an idea for your site name, it's always a good idea to secure your personal name as a .com, .net or .org before someone else does.

Thousands of domains are registered daily, so you might need to get creative to find one that is available.

Publish Content

Once your hosting and domain is setup, you can then start posting content to the Internet. Remember to stick with your original intent for the site and stay focused with your content.

To start spreading the word about your site, be sure to share it on social media and also setup Fan Pages and social profiles for your site. This way your site visitors can easily follow and be updated on any future content published from your site.

If you are want to start a new site or blog of your own, run through each of the steps and think about each of them before simply registering a domain name and going live with your site.

On the flip side, if you already have a site and aren't seeing the results you had hoped for, it may be best to simply start from scratch again and make sure you have a solid foundation in place.

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Zac Johnson
Zac Johnson Member
Zac Johnson is one of the widely respected leaders in the blogging and internet marketing communities. Through his popular blogs, and, he has helped thousands of readers grow their brands and make money online. A self taught entrepreneur, Zac’s been making money online for over 15 years and has been involved in nearly every facet of internet marketing while also finding great success in the world of blogging. In 2007 Zac launched his first blog at, which is focused on his successes and failures, case studies, industry news and guides on how to make money online. In addition to his own personal experiences, Zac also writes about the latest online marketing trends and informs his readers on how and where they could be creating new revenue online. Zac’s personal blog currently has thousands of daily readers and has referred over $5,000,000 in new business to his advertisers and network partners since launching the blog. In addition to all of the above, I am also serving on the Board of Advisors with and also consulting with their team to improve their day to day operations and reach while also managing their blog, social media and news team. Specialties: blogging, ppc, media buying, site production...